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Q: how to change a timming belt on 1992 Ford Escort

i have figured out my problem to the 3 hr drive and it not starting car. timming belt! now i need a little assitance in changing the belt. i am very mechanicly incline i just have never down one of thease before and was wondering if i can get some helpful tips to make the job go faster. and also how long a job am i looking at here? if everything goes well maybe a weekend project? thanks
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This is always a pretty involved job, and you need very complete instructions, probably some additional tools, and details about how to properly set the timing. It's advanced work.

You will certainly need a repair manual for your vehicle, and access to technical information--try
well thank you so much for giving me your honest answer. i actually have allready got the belt replaced. it took my girlfriend and i a little over 2 hours to replace it and i used a chiltons manual, which was the main reason it was done so fast. and it gave me complete instructions on how to set the timming, thanks again.
Take the timing cover off. Get the right size socket for the crankshaft. Place a floor jack under the eng. Lay the rachet handle with socket on crankshaft bolt down on the frame up front and bump th starter. This will loosen the crank bolt. Then when eng is supported remove the motor mount bolt and start jacking the eng. up just enough to get to the timing tensioner, loose it and move it back and resnug the bolt to hold it in place. Try and not move the camshaft sprocket. take the old belt off and install the new belt. the crank pulley can only go back on in the same position it came off since it is keyed. Now when you release the tensioner watch so that the belt does not jump a tooth tighten everything back up according to torque specs and you are done, Hope this helps
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